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2024/2025  DIP-DHDVV7004U  International Sourcing & Strategic Procurement

English Title
International Sourcing & Strategic Procurement

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Graduate Diploma
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (part 2)
Course coordinator
  • Kim Sundtoft Hald - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Study administration for HD SCM: HDSCM@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Organisation
  • Supply chain management and logistics
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 02-04-2024

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Learning objectives
  • Understand and explain how procurement creates value.
  • Understand and analyse the key skill sets and competencies of strategic procurement.
  • Understand and analyse the structure of purchasing functions.
  • Understand and analyse procurement performance, including cost and sustainability.
  • Understand and analyse procurement processes.
  • Understand and analyse category management as well as sourcing principles and models.
  • Understand and analyse procurement strategies.
  • Understand, compare and apply the theories and analytical models presented in the course.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see section 13 of the Programme Regulations): 1
Compulsory home assignments
Compulsary assignment: Oral presentation of case in groups in relation to teaching.
International Sourcing and Strategic Procurement:
Exam ECTS 5
Examination form Oral exam
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Duration 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time With the listed preparation time: 20 Minutes
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter and Winter, Ordinary exam: 22-23/10-2024.
For information relating to the exam please go to: https://eksamen.cbs.dk/ (Digital Exam).
Aids Closed book
The student is only allowed to bring simple writing and drawing utensils (non-digital) to the preparation room. Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the preparation time.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Re-take exam: 5/12-2024.
For information relating to the exam please go to: https://eksamen.cbs.dk/ (Digital Exam).
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course International Sourcing and Strategic Procurement establishes a theoretical understanding of the roles and processes of procurement, thereby discussing how procurement creates value and how it relates to strategy. The course also focuses on how procurement processes are organized, which key skill sets and competencies are necessary, and how procurement performance, cost and sustainability is assessed and managed. Finally, the course is concerned with international procurement strategies. Category management and strategic sourcing are introduced as concepts.

Description of the teaching methods
The course is dialogue-based, and students should expect a high degree of involvement. Cases and exercises are discussed and analysed to illustrate the underlying theory.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students receive continual and ongoing feedback through class presentations and discussions. Course and topic-specific learning objectives provide the foundation for student self-assessment.
Student workload
Teaching 27 hours
Readings, Excercises, Preparation Exam 114 hours
Further Information

The course consists of a total of 27 lessons (5 ECTS).

For information relating to the course please go to: https://cbscanvas.instructure.com/

Teaching is:
Saturday in week 35, 36, 37, 38 from 09.50 - 15.10
Tuesday in week 40 from 17.10 - 19.45. 



For further information, please contact the Department of Operations Management 

Studieadministrator: Gitte Østergaard goe.om@cbs.dk

Course responsible: Kim Sundtoft Hald ksh.om@cbs.dk



Expected literature

Course compendium - International Sourcing & Strategic Procurement - Graduate Diploma in Business Administration - Supply Chain Management


Monczka, R.M., Handfield, R.B., Giunipero, L.C. and Patterson, J.L. (2021), “Purchasing and Supply Chain Management” 7th edition, Cengage, Boston.

Last updated on 02-04-2024